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The Great Wall at Gubeikou
Departure date: March 25–26 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Hike the Great Wall and camp in a tower on this two day Great Wall adventure. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and main meals; bring your camera and get ready to enjoy yourself!

Maximum group size of 10 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: April 3–4 (Mon–Tue)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Tomb-Sweeping Holiday hikes—We may get stuck in a jam at some stage during the drive. Bring a book or something else to keep yourself entertained, just in case!

Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic spot on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Weather warning: If lightning or heavy rain is forecast for the weekend we may need to make a change to the plan.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: April 15–16 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Great Wall Spur

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On this two day Great Wall adventure you’ll hike the Great Wall and camp in or beside a Great Wall tower. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and breakfast and a restaurant lunch on the second day.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Maximum group size of 14 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: April 30–May 1 (Sun–Mon)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Holiday traffic: There’s a chance we’ll get stuck in bad traffic at some point during the drive, and we might be back to Beijing later than estimated. Bring a book, and we’d recommend not making fixed plans for the Sunday evening, just in case!

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Photos from our Great Wall camping trips

Setting up camp on the Great Wall

Set up camp on the Great Wall

Interested to see what it's like on one of our Great Wall camping trips? Read through a selection of our trip reports.

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

We headed out to Huairou District to go camping on the Great Wall, and this time we made it one of the type of trips where you need to carry all the gear yourself.

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall and our camping team.

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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

With the temperatures warming up a little earlier this year we thought it was time to start our camping trips again.

The temperatures dipped in the week before the trip, and we were a little concerned it was going to be freezing up on the wall.

Click through to see photos from the camping trip – Great Wall, the sunset, sunrise, and more!

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Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Photos from our May holiday camping trip at the Great Wall Spur. Click through to see shots of villages, green hills, Great Wall, and our campsite!

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Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate is the name of a tiny village in Hebei Province, and it’s surrounded by a loop of old Great Wall – great for hiking, with some superb views from high up in the mountains.

Click through to see photos of the hikers, the Great Wall, and our little campsite!

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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The Great Wall camping trips we’ve been doing this summer have been popular and superb fun, and our Great Wall Spur camping trip was no exception – very fun, but very hot!

We camped on a lovely section of wall between a tower and a rising ridge, and enjoyed a big BBQ while we waited for sunset.

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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike can be easily done in one day, but it’s also fun to take it more slowly. We took two days to do it, camping overnight at a nice spot right beside the Great Wall.

We took a few photos along the way; click through for a look!

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Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

In late April we did a two-day trip on which we set up camp on an unrestored section of the Great Wall that we call the Switchback. Click through to see nine photos of the Great Wall, our campsite, and happy hikers.

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It was a windy day

Big Camp Plate Great Wall, 2012/04/11

Our Big Camp Plate Great Wall hike takes us over Beijing’s border and into the hills of Hebei Province. We walked a section of Great Wall that loops around the village of Big Camp Plate, and as we were walking through the village on the way back to the bus we were invited in for a look at one of the little houses – click through to see photos of the Great Wall, hikers, and what was cooking in the village house.

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Campsite in the mountains

Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall Camping, June 2010

This backpacking trip along the Great Wall took us into Hebei Province, where we followed the Wall between Big Camp Plate Village and Chenjiapu Village. We carried all of our food and gear, including tents, sleeping bags, clothes, and stoves, on our backs for the two-day trip. Click through to see some photos!

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All upcoming Great Wall Camping hikes in Beijing

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Hike schedule: Great Wall Camping hikes

Departure date: March 25–26 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall

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Departure date: April 3–4 (Mon–Tue)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: April 15–16 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Great Wall Spur

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Departure date: April 30–May 1 (Sun–Mon)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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